Greetings, Everyone, from very chilly Whidbey Island!
Brrrrr! I know that we are so much luckier than those folks currently shoveling several feet of snow off their driveways, but oh good golly it’s cold! We usually depend on our maritime climate to keep this sort of thing from happening, but I think they didn’t get the memo. ’Scuse me while I go get another sweater!
It has been nearly three years since I first started thinking about and working on my Night Thoughts exhibit, and at long last I have completed the last piece for the show. Van has finished the photography, and the inventory is typed up, and I can take a deep breath and relax. Or so I thought. I have been so accustomed to going full-tilt-boogie all this time, I can’t seem to stop moving. My fabric room has been plundered for a huge stack of fabrics for making some new clothing over the winter. Which meant I had to go through all my garment patterns and make choices and measure all the fabric and pile things up ready to start cutting. But, my sewing studio is in serious need of swamping out, and I started that process yesterday. That’s when I noticed that over the years I have assembled a truly staggering collection of fabric paints, and really, I ought to get to using them before they dry up and blow away, so of course, I had to do some fabric painting. But that means there is plastic sheeting all over my studio floor with stuff drying, which takes longer in cold weather, so I can’t proceed with the swamping out business so I can get to the garment making business. So, off to the beading area, which is also rather like a raven’s nest, and also in serious need of a good clean up. But I didn’t get too far with that because I ran into some beaded components that had somehow gotten buried under other stuff while I was working on the final exhibit pieces, so of course I had to stop and do something with them, and ended up with a sparkly cuff style bracelet and clip-on earrings. I’ll be glad when this winds down a little and I can enjoy a book and a cup of tea.
While I was working on the exhibit pieces, I also worked on ten small samples for a new class that I will be rolling out in March for the LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum, while my exhibit is hanging there. The class will be held March 7th at the Garden Club right across the street from the museum. Watch the Museum website for more details (www.laconnerquilts.org).
If you live around here or will be traveling to the Pacific Northwest this winter, please stop by and see the exhibit. If you won’t be able to see it in person, once the show is up we will update the Night Thoughts gallery on my website to include all the new work included in this venue. Here’s all the scoop:
LaConner Quilt and Textile Museum
703 South 2nd Street
LaConner, WA 98257-1270
January 14 through March 29, 2015
Opening Reception: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 4 to 6 p.m.
As you may have noticed, the holidays are fast approaching, and we are once again inundated by the advertising of sales: Black Friday sales, pre-Black Friday sales, one day only sales, everything orange sales, and the list goes on and on. And don’t even get me started about the overstuffed mailboxes of catalogs! I don’t do sales very often, but this year seemed like a good time to give it a try. So, from now until midnight (Pacific Time Zone) December 10th (I love long lead times!) I am offering free shipping on any of the artwork on my website when shipped to the U.S. and Canada, and reduced shipping anywhere else (drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do). PLEASE bear in mind that anything you wish to purchase from the “Night Thoughts” gallery on the website will not be shipped to you until after the exhibit closes at the end of March. When you are looking through the website, if there is a dot in front of the title, that piece is still available for sale. No dot means it is not available either because it has already sold or is in my personal collection or won’t be for sale until I stop teaching the class.
Medical Update: Van has finished his radiation treatments, and the post-radiation round of tests and scans and whatnot begins shortly. The side-effects have started to abate, he is sleeping better and his ability to focus is much better. Thank you to those who have asked about him and sent good wishes. We are very grateful for your care and support.
And I think that’s all the news for now. Snuggle up with someone you love and stay warm this winter. And for my friends in the southern hemisphere, don’t forget your sunscreen and find some shade and a cool drink!
Be well, my little chickadees!
Larkin Jean Van Horn